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10:50 AM ET, July 31, 2009

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Tan Weizhen / The Straits Times:
World's first tablet PC  —  Singapore firm launches touchscreen tablet computer  —  A SINGAPORE company is racing to be the first in the world to bring an almost mythical creature - the touchscreen tablet computer - to the market.  —  The start-up, Fusion Garage, has teamed …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why The CrunchPad Is Toast  —  Michael Arrington's CrunchPad — a touchscreen tablet running a Web browser — is reportedly real, and should arrive by Thanksgiving for about $400.  —  But if Apple (AAPL) is really coming out with a tablet, too — a big iPod touch that sells for around $600-700 — the CrunchPad is probably doomed.
DC / dchieng:
crunchpad specs revealed
Discussion: Obsessable and Techgeist, Thanks:dchieng
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Google's Android Killing Windows Mobile?  —  Earlier this morning, I got a chance to catch up with Dr. Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola, soon after his company reported earnings (they met Wall Street's modest expectations) to talk about everything from the state of the mobile market to prospects for Motorola.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The Windows Mobile-Windows continuum: The plot thickens  —  One of the most interesting question-and-answer exchanges between Wall Street analysts attending Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) and company execs has been around the convergence/divergence between mobile devices and PCs.
Discussion: AppScout and Engadget HD
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Microsoft's Long, Slow Decline  —  There were two interesting Windows-related news stories last week.  First, Joe Wilcox's story on a report from NPD claiming that 91 percent of $1,000-and-higher retail computer sales now go to Apple.  Second, Microsoft's quarterly financial results …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Will Windows 7 Win Back Defectors to the Mac?  Probably Not.  And That's OK.  —  Daring Fireball's John Gruber has posted a piece titled “Microsoft's Long, Slow Decline.”  As with most of what he writes, it's both provocative and thought-provoking, whether you agree with all of it, some of it, or none at all.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers attack my iPhone via SMS  —  LAS VEGAS—Researchers have discovered a way to take complete control over an iPhone merely by sending special SMS messages and demonstrated it on my iPhone at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday.  —  Although an attacker could exploit …
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Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
The Truth About The iPhone Virus / Vulnerability Thing
Discussion: Mashable!
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to suspend Atom Z sales to netbook makers, say sources  —  Intel has reportedly informed customers that it will accept no more orders for its Atom Z processors from netbook makers soon, as it is getting close to completely digesting its inventory, according to industry sources.
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TG Daily:   Intel runs out of Atoms - report
Gmail Blog:
Send mail from another address without “on behalf of”  —  Quite a few of you use Gmail's custom “From:” to send messages with one of your other email addresses listed in place of your Gmail address.  Since these messages are sent by Gmail's servers but “from” a non-Gmail address …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Quit The iPhone  —  I have loved the iPhone, but now I am quitting the iPhone.  —  This is not an easy decision.  —  I was there in January 2007 when it was announced and I bought the first iPhone as soon as it was available.  I happily bought the iPhone 3G a year later.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Ads Follow Web Users, and Get Much More Personal  —  For all the concern and uproar over online privacy, marketers and data companies have always known much more about consumers' offline lives, like income, credit score, home ownership, even what car they drive and whether they have a hunting license.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Andrew Culf / Guardian:
Hacker Gary McKinnon loses appeal against extradition to US  —  • McKinnon's family and supporters express dismay at decision  —  • High court rules that Jacqui Smith had taken Asperger's into account  —  The British computer hacker Gary McKinnon failed today in his latest legal attempt …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Lawsuit: Amazon Ate My Homework  —  An Orwellian gaffe involving the Kindle e-book reader just won't go down the memory hole for Amazon.com. … On Thursday, a Chicago-based law firm filed a suit in federal court in Seattle against Amazon on behalf of Justin D. Gawronski, a 17-year-old Michigan high school senior.
Google Watch:
How to Create An Online Store With Google Checkout in 5 Minutes  —  Google Checkout may not be the successful payment processing platform Google hoped it would become, but the company keeps trying to leverage it in other ways.  —  Yesterday, the search engine brought us the Google Checkout store gadget …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
China Unicom's iPhone gets regulatory approval, pictured  —  Still having doubts that an iPhone will ever come to China via legitimate means?  Have a gander at this.  According to the listing after the break, which was discovered on China's State Radio Regulatory Commission (SRRC …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The New MySpace Mail Quietly Emerges As A Big-Time Email Competitor  —  We've been covering the new web email project MySpace has been working on in stealth mode for the past several month.  Now it's ready to begin a quiet rollout today, in beta, for users around the globe.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Yahoo: Losing the Geek Factor  —  Surrendering search responsibilities to Microsoft will likely take a toll on Yahoo's engineering and innovation prowess  —  An identity crisis gripping Yahoo! (YHOO) had reached Shakespearean proportions by late 2007, when Apple (AAPL) …
Steve Ballmer / Microsoft:
Financial Analyst Meeting 2009  —  STEVE BALLMER: Well, thanks.  It is a real pleasure for me to have a chance to be here with you today.  I actually have a lot more I need to cover than I have in many past financial analyst conferences.  So I'm going to try to do that with some slides …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is There Really A ‘Piracy’ Problem For Newspapers?  —  A few years ago, newspapers were all blaming Craigslist for their own business model problems.  Then, of course, it became popular to blame Google.  However, there's been an odd shift recently, to a claim that the problem is from “pirates” and “parasites.”
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: Tenenbaum guilty of copyright infringement  —  It's all over for Joel Tenenbaum—except for the size of the check he'll be told to write the RIAA.  In a reversal of her decision last night, Judge Nancy Gertner has granted the record labels' motion for a directed verdict on the issue of copyright infringement.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Creating New “LinkedIn Killer” Called WSJ Connect  —  The Wall Street Journal has long envied the success of professional social network LinkedIn and its 15 million or so monthly visitors (WSJ.com has just a third of that).  In late 2008 they launched WSJ Community, a social network bolted onto the main WSJ site.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Mining Social Networks for Clues  —  A researcher shows how programming tools can be used to track users' real-life movements and behavior.  —  The dangers of posting sensitive personal information on social-networking sites are well known, but a researcher has now revealed how data mining …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Find Local Business Information at Your Fingertips  —  Many of you are probably already familiar with the Yahoo! Shortcut that appears at the top of the Yahoo! Search results page when you search for a local business,.  Starting today, we're enhancing the Yahoo! Shortcut for local businesses …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
CentOS Linux developers threaten mutiny  —  Offering a free clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux turned out not to be such a simple matter after all.  —  The CentOS project aims to reproduce Red Hat's tested, supported, and certified version of the operating system, without its per-server subscription fees.
 
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Amazon-Zappos: Not the Usual Silicon Valley M&A
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
EQAL Now Wants to Compete with Ning
Discussion: paidContent, Beet.TV and Mashable!
Fawn Johnson / Dow Jones Newswires:
US FCC Looking Into Consumers Who Can't Buy Hot Phones
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify launches video adverts in its desktop app
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Laura Farrelly / NewsGator Daily:
Google and NewsGator - What's It All About?
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay says no changes to Skype IPO plans
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch, The Age and Bloomberg
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Let's Fix Facebook
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The Official Google Blog:
I now pronounce you monetized: a YouTube video case study